Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) in 1974 launched the “Old English Christmas and Hanukkah Party,” a costumed, pot-luck supper for GHF members. The activities were so popular, the following year, it opened to the public as “Dickens’s Evening on The Strand.” In 1983, the festival expanded to a full weekend of activities and in 1984 was officially renamed Dickens on The Strand. The festival is always held the first full weekend in December and the theme evokes the spirit of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.
Now in its 45th year, Dickens on The Strand continues to attract visitors from across Texas, the nation and around the world and serves as GHF’s largest fundraising event. With most of The Strand area’s architecturally rich buildings now restored, Galveston’s historic downtown provides the perfect backdrop for this internationally acclaimed family holiday event. The festival can provide your business with incredible sponsorship placement and ensure that our 35,000+ attendance connects with your brand through our sponsor offerings.
For more information on how Dickens on The Strand can assist your business, please contact Will Wright, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Chief Creative Officer at 409-765-3404..
LOCATION: The Strand National Historic Landmark District – Strand & Mechanic Streets between 20th & 25th
WHY: GHF’s largest fundraiser and the Island’s main holiday event
ATTENDANCE: Average attendance 35,000+
ADMISSION: Discounted Advance Tickets – Groups and GHF Members receive discount – Tickets sold at the Door – Anyone in Victorian-era costumes admitted half-price
ATTRACTIONS: Continuous entertainment on several stages, over 150 craft and food vendors, children’s activities abound at Piccadilly Circus, 3 grand parades, Victorian Bed Races, London Wharf and the Official Tall Ship of Texas ELISSA, GHF Member’s Club, Costume Contests, Scrooge’s Scavenger Hunt and wonderful special events throughout the weekend
ORGANIZATION: Dickens on The Strand is a project of Galveston Historical Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve, revitalize and celebrate the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island
- 74% of attendees are between 35 and 65
- More than 34% earn more than $75,000 annually
- 63% are female and 37% are male
- Almost 52% are college graduates or have advanced degrees
- More than 29% stayed overnight
- Almost 50% of those attending spent in excess of $75 at the festival
- More than 30% attended related special events
- 86% have or would recommend the festival to others
- Over 32% attended the festival for the first time and on average, returning visitors have attended the festival for more than 7 years.
Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.
Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.